Design House: House of Lanvin (French, founded 1889)

Designer: Jeanne Lanvin (French, 1867–1946)

Date: 1939

Culture: French

Medium: silk, spangles

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Harrison Williams, Lady Mendl, and Mrs. Ector Munn, 1946

Accession Number: C.I.46.4.18a, b


This "Cyclone" evening dress by Jeanne Lanvin was worn by her daughter, the comtesse Jeanne de Polignac. According to Bettina Ballard, she was a "soft beauty" who belonged more to the intimacy of the private salon than to public places of entertainment. Lanvin's spectacular creation was featured in the Museum's exhibition Blithe Spirit: The Windsor Set (2002), and had not been shown in New York since its debut in 1940.